Newport Mansion Wedding: Michael & Thomas
May 29, 2015
Michael suggested eloping after Thomas proposed in his favorite country – Spain – at sunset. Thomas declined, and the two agreed to having a full wedding. Thomas is from Westerly, Rhode Island, and loves his home state. Michael wanted a church setting, which proved difficult as they are both Catholic. They found Kay Chapel, which hosted all faiths, for their ceremony.
Thomas took Michael to see the cliff walks one day. They saw mansions, and Michael jokingly proposed that they have their wedding there. He researched Rosecliff, the only mansion that currently allows events in Newport, and found it to be their perfect venue.
Michael on Planning
Michael shared, “The planning experience was a difficult challenge because we wanted to make it special, masculine and we wanted our guests to feel special and not feel like their were attending “another wedding.” Although we knew the day would be focused on us we wanted our guests to be part of the wedding and feel welcomed. We also wanted to give back to the community because we were so blessed to have this type of wedding, hence the donation to the cancer society in lieu of flowers, and a GIVING Key to every guest. The GIVING KEYS are old, discarded keys with a word engraved on them. We choose 5 words, Believe, Love, Strength, Courage, and Hope.”
“Although Rosecliff is over the top stunning, Tom and I are quite simple and wanted to down play the period decorations. So we had globes that spun with light energy, sitting on suitcases. We love to travel so the theme was quite simple for us to choose. Everything evolved from that. Each table was assigned a country. Each table had postcards with pictures of us at that destination. Guests were encouraged to sign a post card and leave it for us.”
The grooms wanted their invitations to be different, and also masculine. They chose a metal invitation to symbolize durability and strength. Everything for weddings tends to be very feminine, and they wanted to stay in the masculine arena.
Among their favorite memories was the GIVING KEYS, the post cards of their destinations on guest tables, their music, and the rotating globes, which were simple, yet they made a quiet, meaningful impression.
Their favorite moment came when they said their vows, and their guests erupted into cheering and clapping, giving them a standing ovation for what seemed like a very long time. There was such a feeling of love, support, and acceptance at that very moment.
Michael and Thomas recommend that other couples go with their gut, and have the wedding they want. Research everything for better deals, and at least two weeks before the wedding, let the stress go. Something is going to go wrong and that is just the way it is supposed to be. Finally, make sure to build in moments to stop, and breathe.